Sunday, August 30, 2015

Crochet Backpacks

Crochet Backpacks: 

1. Wee Backpack by Lion Brand. 

3. Flower Fiesta Bag/Backpack by My Little City Girl which includes 3 different sizes made with a blend of cotton and bamboo yarn

4. Lego Inspired Crochet Backpack by Moogly using Red Heart Super Saver.

Have fun!


Crochet Baskets Round Up

It seems like we are always needing new baskets to store toys, keys, blankets, miscellaneous items that otherwise end up scattered all over. Why not crochet some new baskets? Below is a collection of 5 types of crochet baskets you can make today to solve the problem. 

Crochet Baskets: 
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1. Hanging Basket by Bekki Bjanoll is the perfect basket for storing all your miscellaneous items as you walk in to your mud room, foyer, and hallway. It's made with spaghetti or fabric yarn.  (Note: This pattern is written  in Norwegian. Translate it with Google.) 

2.  Crochet Basket with Handles by Lanukas is made with chunky or fabric yarn, using a size P or Q size hook

3. Chunky Crochet Basket by Crochet in Color includes step-by-step photos on how the basket will look along the way. This one uses a size L crochet hook. It is available in two different sizes. 

4. Color Block Crochet Basket by 1Dog Woof uses color block, which makes for endless possibilities! This is such a cute basket to put away random items and toys. It uses Lion Brand's Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Yarn (Bulky weight) and a size N hook. 

5. Mini Granny Square by This Little Street is a complete tutorial to how to make the baskets and how to line them with fabric. It uses cotton yarn and matching hook size. She recommends using a stiffener to keep the shape. 

Have fun making these baskets! 


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Friday, August 14, 2015

100 Little Crochet Gifts to Make

The main reason I started crocheting was so I could make gifts for family and friends. Soon a new book, 100 Little Crochet Gifts to Make will be released with tons of practical and cute gifts to make for others.

Pre-order your copy eligible for free-shipping.
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Bon Bons Yarn

This yarn is some of the cutest thing you can get your hands on. Great variety of yummy colors perfect to make appliqué, amigurumi, Christmas ornaments, and more. BonBons are one of my favorite yarn to keep in my stash. Enjoy!




Monday, July 27, 2015

Fun with Yarn and Fabric Book Review

Fun with Yarn and Fabric includes more than 50 projects to crochet, sew. The book is very colorful with vivid images. It really takes you into each room where the pictures where taken. The amount of light and happiness in this book makes you wish it would last forever! I think that's the point of this book, to encourage you to unleash your creativity and take it to a new level where you can combine different mediums. The author, Susanna Zacke, invites you to play with your fabrics, threads, and yarns. How fun is that! 

Many of the projects included can be made from upcycled towels, blankets, baskets you might have in your home. The ideas presented in the book could be easily adapted to use it in a project you might still have as a WIP at your home. (what does WIP mean?)  

Overall, this is the best eye candy book I've encountered related to crochet lately. Just make sure to follow your favorite tutorials and patterns to guide you in the process of making projects from the book. 

Let Fun with Yarn and Fabric inspire you! 


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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Apple and Pear Crochet Pattern

Lately on Instagram (@fabimakes) cute little apples and pears have caught my eye and that of many other crocheters all around the world. Down Grapevine Lane has written a simple pattern to crochet apples to have on your desk or use them for pretend food.

I just had to let you know about this fantastic find! I hope you get to make some too :-).

Yarn: DK weight yarn like Catania or Stylecraft.
Hook: 4 mm

Hope you enjoy it! I can't wait to make some myself!


Friday, January 9, 2015

Lentil Soup on a Cold Day

The weather has been so cold (38F or 3C) this week and even colder all over the country that the only thing I really feel like making is soup to warm us up.   Approaching the table to a warm bowl of soup just makes my heart happy! Plus it just reminds me of Chile. We eat a lot of soup there. 

Today I am sharing my Lentil Soup recipe for making a soup that is comforting and high in protein, fiber, folate, vitamin B1, iron, and other minerals.   

Facts about lentils:

  • very healthy food! 
  • it goes well with most vegetables!
  • inexpensive!
  • taste even better on the second day! 

Recently I learned that I can use my rice cooker to cook legumes (beans, lentils, garbanzos, etc). It's been a time saver!!! I no longer have to stand in the kitchen stirring the legumes so they don't stick to the bottom.  No one wants to eat burned food!!!!   

This is the rice cooker I use, it's a great size for my family, and it really just works great!!! I highly recommend it:  (affiliate link)

Lentil Soup 

(for 5 people)

2 14oz bags of lentils
1 large onion
some carrots
cilantro (optional)


1. Soak lentils for 15-20 min with cold water. 
2. In a pan, heat up some oil and then add your chopped onion with some paprika and cumin. Enough to cover all your onions. Then stir it. 
3. Then add your carrots.  Add a bit more oil if needed. 

4. Drain and rinse your lentils.
5. Pour lentils with the onion and carrot mixture and cover it with water.       Add salt now. 
6. Boil lentils for about 40 minutes or until tender.  

I like to add fresh cilantro to my soup while it's cooking. I love the smell and the flavor and it meshes real well with the other ingredients. 

If your lentils start to get dry, just add more water and compensate the flavor by adding more salt. 

Serve warm! 




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